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Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


Your Excellency's Servant,


[The dedication, omitted by Mr. Onnsby, is now included in this edition. It has been thought strange that the Seoond Part of Don Quixote should not, like the first, be dedicated to the Duque de B&jar who survived till 1619, and the faot that Cervantes never refers again to the Duke, is, no doubt, curious. Don Pedro Fernandez Kuiz de Castro y Osorio, seventh Conde de Lemos. was born in 1576, probably at the family estate of Monforte de Lemos in Galicia. He was known as the Marques de Sarria till the death of his father in 1608, when he succeeded to the condados of Lemos, Andrade and Villalba, About the year 1598 Lope de Vega was attached to his household, apparently as secretary: hence the compliment in the fifth Eplstola of La Filomena :—

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Por sefior, por Apolo y por maestro. In 1610, through the influence of his father-in-law, the prime minister Lerma, Lemos was appcinted Yiceroy and Captain Geueral of Naples, whence he returned to Spain in July, 1616, some three months after Cervantes's death. He fell out of favour at Court upon Lerma's dismissal from office on October 4, 1618, was exiled by Uceda to Monforte, and died suddeuly at Madrid on October 19, 1622. He is best remembered as the patron and protector of Lope de Vega, Cervantes, the two Argensolas, Mira de Amescua and other oelebrated writers; but he appears himself to have been a pcet and oritic, for two of his redondillas are given as prefatory pieces to Lope's San Jsidro, and the ouly two of his letters which survive in print—one to Luis de fiongora and the other to Bartolome Leonardo de Argensola—deal with literary matters. The latter will be found in Gregorio Mayans y Siscar's Cartas morales, militares, civiles i literarias de varios autores espaHoles (Madrid, 1756). Francisco L6pez de Zarate and Juan Perez da Montalban both mention Lemos as the author of a play entitled La Cam confusa, but this has disappeared as has also the pcem mentioned by Pellicer, La Gobernacidn de los Quixos, which was written in 1608 or earlier. See Jose Maria Asensio y Toledo's excellent historical study, El Conde de Lemos, Prolector de Cervantes (Madrid, 1880), and Cayetano Alberto de la Barrera y Leirado's invaluable Catdlogo bibliogrdfico y biogrdfico del teatro antiguo espanol (Madrid, 1860), pp. 203-210. J. F.-K.)


GOD bless me, gentle (or it may be plebeian) reader, how eagerly must thou be looking forward to this preface, expecting to find there retaliation, scolding, and abuse against the author of the second Don Quixote—I mean him who was, they say, begotten at Tordesillas and born at Tarragona !1 Well then, the truth is, I am not going to give thee that satisfaction ; for, though injuries stir up anger in humbler breasts, in mine the rule must admit of an exception. Thou wouldst have me call him ass, fool, and malapert, but I have no such intention; his offence be his punishment, with his bread let him eat it ;s that's his affair. What I cannot help taking amiss is, that he charges me with being old and one-handed, as if it had been in my power to keep time from passing over me, or as if the loss of my hand had been brought about in some tavern, and not on the grandest occasion the past or present has seen, or the future can hope to see. If my wounds have no beauty to the beholder's eye, they are, at least, honourable in the estimation of those who know where they were received; for the soldier shows to greater advantage dead in battle than alive in flight; and so strongly is this my feeling, that if now it were proposed to perform an impossibility for me, I would rather have had my share in that mighty action, than be free from my wounds this minute without having been present at it. Those the soldier shows on his face and breast, are stars that direct others to the heaven of honour and ambition of merited praise; and moreover it is to be observed that it is not with grey hairs that one writes, but with the understanding, and that commonly improves with years. I take it amiss, too, that he calls me envious, and explains to me, as if I were ignorant, what envy is; for really and truly, of the two kinds there are, I only know that which is holy, noble, and highminded; and if that be so, as it is, I am not likely to attack a priest, above all if, in addition, he holds the rank of familiar of the Holy Office. And if he said what he did on account of him on whose behalf it seems he spoke, he is entirely mistaken; for

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